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Wisconsin Senate passes bill requiring jail time for injury-related OWI crashes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Drunk drivers who injure others would have to spend at least 30 days in jail, under a bill passed by the Wisconsin Senate Tuesday.

The Assembly okayed the measure earlier, and it now goes to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.

Current law allows judges to sentence those convicted of injury-related OWI to between 30 days and a year in a county jail. The new measure requires at least the minimum jail time.

It also calls for at least three years in a state prison for those convicted of seventh, eighth, and ninth-time drunk driving offenses.

Senate Democrat Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee tried but failed to add more penalties to the bill. He said lawmakers did not do enough this year to curb drunk driving.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)